I found this nice little corner today, while visiting Vezio Castle near Como Lake, and decided to have a take at it in gouache.
I really liked the stone wall, although I had to simplify it down a lot to avoid cluttering the scene with too many shapes.
Overall, I am quite happy with it.
Here are a few shots of the process
After being on vacation for a week (aka no drawing with charcoal) I feel a bit rusty. I sketched this cast I have to get the ball rolling again.
I had previously painted it in oils as mass tone exercise, here: Mass Drawing + Oil Painting Chapter 6 Tone Exercises.
This is a (very crappy) scene I came up with, for the Portfolio Building Challenge some students of the Watts Atelier have organized. Each month a different topic. This one was about a “Genre Mash-Up”, an illustration for a fictional book cover. I choose Detective and Dinosaurs as themes (if dinosaurs can even be called theme).
It was quite a struggle, as it’s the very first time for me to do anything this complex.
I started with a few thumbnails to put some ideas down on paper:
The first one was my favorite, I couldn’t really beat the original idea, so I carried it to a more complete stage in pencil:
And finally rendered the first image in gouache. Everything is from imagination, although I did use references to plan the composition and add believable elements. I used a couple of action figures for the detective and body poses, while I built myself a simple maquette to replicate the Velociraptor’s foot:
All in all what gave me more trouble was perspective, although I did not really dare venturing into color yet (I tried something digital but miserably failed), as that would have been a complete disaster.
p.s. Jack The Raptor is copyright Bob Green 😀
The most taxing challenge so far 😀 I had never tried. It was my first attempt at quicksketch, and I can ensure it really is as stressful as it seems! I burned out until the end, so I am glad the next phase will be on figure.
The above was a one hour quicksketch (one hour is still a fairly short time for a portrait). Follow two twenty minutes:
And lastly eight (!) 5 minutes (!). These were by far the most challenging, I can barely find proportions in 5 minutes!
Poppe Totte kindly gave me the permission to publish his one hour quick sketch demo, where he shows his approach, thought process, and rendering method. For this demo he used a Conte 1710 charcoal pencil, and fairly smooth drawing paper (not smooth newsprint). Here follow his drawing and accompanying commentary
Step 3, go really dark on the darks, refine edges and shapes, also almost 15 mins which is really not that fast, but again, I went for accurateness.
I also didn’t start on the hair since it gets really easy to smear the whole drawing. Notice though that I sort of already have it in shapes and planes.
Step 3.5. Thiis is where the magic happens, smear out the darks and build up the halftone. Go lighter on the light parts but dont leave any white spots. This stage is only 2-3 minutes.
Last step, final rendering, I refine some of the halftones, going lighter and darker where needed. I use a cut hard eraser for the highlights. Fingers or a stump where needed. Approx time 15-20 mins.